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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: July 21, 2016
Connecticut June nonfarm jobs grow 7,900; unemployment rate at 5.8%. Connecticut Labor Situation - May 2016 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, July 21, 2016 - Connecticut preliminary nonfarm job estimates from the payroll survey collected by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate the state added 7,900 jobs (0.47%) in June 2016 to a level of 1,693,400, seasonally adjusted. Nonagricultural employment growth for the state is now estimated at 17,900 (1.07%, about 1,492 per month) over the year. The initial release of a 1,400 state nonfarm job decline (-0.08%) in May 2016 was revised much lower to a 4,000 (-0.24%) job decrease.

The unemployment rate for Connecticut in June 2016 was estimated at 5.8% (seasonally-adjusted, based on the CPS - Current Population Survey of residential households), up one-tenth of a percentage point from the revised May 2016 rate (5.7%) and higher by three-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago (5.5%). The number of unemployed state residents (2,300, 2.1%) increased in June.

“Connecticut's large swing in job growth from May to June mirrored a similar pattern nationally, “said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “While we can’t pinpoint an exact cause, it seems likely to be due to a change in seasonal pattern rather than an actual swing in labor markets.”

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Initial June 2016 seasonally adjusted nonfarm job estimates point a 7,900 (0.47%) monthly job gain, and seven of ten major industry supersectors added jobs. Since June 2015, the state has increased nonfarm employment by 17,900 positions (1.07%) with nine of ten major industry supersectors providing job gains and just the trade, transportation and utilities industry supersector unchanged over the year in employment.

Connecticut’s year-to-date seasonally adjusted nonagricultural monthly employment gains are estimated to be 13,400 through June 2016. Job gains for the similar period in 2015 were 7,100. May 2016’s revised nonfarm job loss (-4,000, -0.24%) was the first and only monthly nonfarm job loss this year. The employment weakness in May (-4,000) and the relative strength in June (+7,900) may indicate a shift or unusual seasonal transition to the summer build-up this year. Averaging the recent two months (+1,950 each) may give a better picture of the current trend.

The state's Private Sector employment at 1,452,700 was also higher in June by 6,000 (0.41%) and is estimated to be higher by 16,400 jobs (1.14%, or 1,367 jobs per month) over the year. The Government supersector added 1,900 jobs (0.80%, 240,700 jobs) last month and is now positive over the year (1,500, 0.63%). Note that our data still does not reflect recent retirements and layoffs in state government as the effective date for many of these affected workers is July.

Seven of the ten major industry supersectors increased nonfarm employment in June 2016 and three declined (seasonally adjusted). Financial Activities (2,200, 1.7%, 134,100 jobs) led all industry job gainers last month. With June's gain Financial Activities now leads all supersectors in job growth over the year (4,100, 3.2%). The Education and Health Services (2,000, 0.6%, 330,300 jobs) supersector posted the next largest monthly job growth. Each of the Other Services (+1,900, +2.9%, 66,800) and the Government (+1,900, +0.8%, 240,700) supersectors added 1,900 positions in June. The Professional and Business Services supersector (+1,000, +0.5%, 218,300) offset a 1,800 decline in May. The Leisure and Hospitality (+800, +0.5%, 152,900 jobs) supersector exhibited continued healthy summer buildup, contributing 800 jobs. The smallest industry supersector, Information, also added a 400 job gain last month with some returning striking Verizon workers, and continues to lead in annual percentage job growth (+1,600, +4.9%, 34,100).

The Construction and Mining (-800, -1.5%, 59,100 jobs) and the Manufacturing (-800, -0.5%, 159,800) supersectors had identical seasonally adjusted job losses of 800 in June. The Trade, Transportation & Utilities (-700, -0.2%, 297,300 jobs) was the only other declining industry supersector in June. The retail trade (-1,100, -0.6%, 181,500) component in this sector was again responsible for the entire monthly drop in this supersector.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Jun 2016 Jun 2015 Change Rate % Jun 2016 May 2016 Change Rate % Apr 2016 Mar 2016 Feb 2016
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,693,400 1,675,500 17,900 1.1% 1,693,400 1,685,500 7,900 0.5% 1,689,500 1,686,300 1,685,300
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,452,700 1,436,300 16,400 1.1% 1,452,700 1,446,700 6,000 0.4% 1,451,700 1,448,500 1,447,800
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 58,500 58,100 400 0.7% 58,500 59,400 -900 -1.5% 58,600 57,100 58,100
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 159,800 159,300 500 0.3% 159,800 160,600 -800 -0.5% 159,700 159,500 159,900
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 297,300 297,300 0 0.0% 297,300 298,000 -700 -0.2% 300,200 299,200 298,500
go to Information sector data table Information 34,100 32,500 1,600 4.9% 34,100 33,700 400 1.2% 34,600 34,300 33,600
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 134,100 130,000 4,100 3.2% 134,100 131,900 2,200 1.7% 131,800 131,100 130,900
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 218,300 216,800 1,500 0.7% 218,300 217,300 1,000 0.5% 219,100 217,500 216,600
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 330,300 326,800 3,500 1.1% 330,300 328,300 2,000 0.6% 329,900 329,200 329,100
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 152,900 151,000 1,900 1.3% 152,900 152,100 800 0.5% 152,400 155,400 155,000
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 66,800 63,900 2,900 4.5% 66,800 64,900 1,900 2.9% 64,900 64,700 65,600
go to Government sector data table Government 240,700 239,200 1,500 0.6% 240,700 238,800 1,900 0.8% 237,800 237,800 237,500
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 144,175,000 141,724,000 2,451,000 1.7% 144,175,000 143,888,000 287,000 0.2% 143,856,000 143,755,000 143,547,000
Recession Recovery: Connecticut has now recovered 99,200 positions, or 83.3% of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs that were lost in the state during the March 2008 - February 2010 employment downturn. The state needs to reach the 1,713,300 seasonally adjusted job mark to enter an employment expansion. This will require 19,900 more nonfarm jobs. Connecticut’s nonfarm jobs recovery is now 76 months old and is averaging roughly 1,305 jobs per month since February 2010.

Recession Recovery

Connecticut's Private Sector has regained employment at a faster pace, recouping 106,200 (95.1%, about 1,397 jobs per month) of the 111,700 private sector positions that were lost during that same employment recession. The Government supersector has lost another 7,000 positions since the employment recovery began in February 2010 in addition to the 7,400 jobs the sector lost in the recession itself (Native American employment on reservations, including casinos, are calculated in local government in Connecticut), slowing the jobs recovery.

Labor Market Areas (LMAs): Regional nonfarm job gains were noted in two of the four Connecticut labor market areas (LMA’s, NECTA’s in New England) that are seasonally-adjusted by the BLS. In June 2016, the New Haven LMA (5,600, 2.0%, 285,600 jobs) and the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (3,300, 0.8%, 414,600) led the two job gaining regional labor markets with strong monthly increases. The smaller Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA (-800, -0.6%, 128,700 jobs) posted a monthly nonfarm employment decline and the largest Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (-100, -0.02%, 573,800 jobs) was just slightly down over the month. Over the year, the New Haven LMA (5,200, 1.9%, 285,600 jobs) now leads in yearly percentage gains while the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (5,400, 1.3%, 414,600) now leads in numeric job growth (5,400). All four of these NECTA’s are adding jobs since June 2015.

Note: Six major Connecticut LMAs are estimated independently from the statewide data by the BLS and cover more than 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state. Thus estimates will not fully sum to the statewide total. Only four of the six BLS–estimated labor markets are seasonally adjusted. The Danbury LMA and the Waterbury LMA are not seasonally adjusted at this time due to a recent geography change.

Hours and Earnings: The Private Sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.6 hours in June 2016, up three-tenths of hour from the same month a year ago (0.9%). Average hourly earnings at $29.93, not seasonally adjusted, were up $1.18, or 4.1%, from the June 2015 hourly earnings estimate ($28.75). The resulting average Private Sector weekly pay was calculated at $1,005.65, up $48.27, or 5.0% higher than a year ago. Note: Other data sources do not support this aggressive level of wage growth.

Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in June 2016 was 1.0% even. Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the “Hours and Earnings” data category. Current all-employee private sector hours and earnings estimates can be volatile due to fluctuating sample responses.

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 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed Top
Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (LAUS - a statistical model utilizing the CPS – the Current Population Survey residential data), the number of Connecticut unemployed residents, seasonally adjusted, increased by 2,300 (2.1%) over the month to 110,561 in June 2016. Over the year, the number of the state’s jobless residents has increased by 7,093 (6.9%). The state’s labor force decreased (-919, less than -0.1%) over the month for only the second time in 2016, but is still expanding over the year (12,196, 0.6%).
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Jan   1,893.5 1,723.6 169.9 1,919.9 1,742.8 177.1 1,904.2 1,747.6 156.6 1,865.1 1,714.8 150.3 1,873.8 1,741.1 132.7 1,900.2 1,784.1 116.2 1,892.3 1,788.5 103.8
Feb   1,895.4 1,724.1 171.3 1,919.4 1,742.9 176.5 1,901.9 1,745.5 156.3 1,863.3 1,714.6 148.8 1,876.5 1,745.5 131.0 1,900.1 1,785.7 114.4 1,896.1 1,791.6 104.5
Mar   1,897.8 1,725.8 172.0 1,918.0 1,742.7 175.3 1,899.0 1,742.2 156.8 1,862.9 1,715.4 147.5 1,879.0 1,749.9 129.2 1,898.6 1,786.7 111.9 1,901.9 1,794.4 107.5
Apr   1,900.8 1,728.4 172.4 1,915.9 1,742.3 173.6 1,895.7 1,737.8 157.9 1,863.8 1,717.4 146.4 1,881.1 1,753.9 127.1 1,895.9 1,786.8 109.1 1,904.9 1,795.5 109.4
May   1,904.0 1,731.5 172.5 1,913.7 1,742.0 171.6 1,892.0 1,732.9 159.1 1,865.5 1,720.0 145.4 1,882.8 1,757.8 125.0 1,892.4 1,786.2 106.2 1,901.9 1,793.6 108.3
Jun   1,907.2 1,734.5 172.7 1,911.8 1,742.3 169.4 1,888.2 1,728.2 160.0 1,867.1 1,722.7 144.4 1,884.6 1,761.6 123.0 1,888.7 1,785.3 103.5 1,900.9 1,790.4 110.6
Jul   1,910.0 1,736.8 173.2 1,910.5 1,743.3 167.2 1,884.5 1,724.2 160.2 1,868.0 1,725.0 143.0 1,886.6 1,765.2 121.4 1,885.8 1,784.3 101.5
Aug   1,912.4 1,738.4 174.0 1,909.8 1,744.9 164.9 1,881.0 1,721.4 159.6 1,868.3 1,726.9 141.4 1,889.0 1,768.7 120.3 1,884.2 1,783.5 100.6
Sep   1,914.3 1,739.3 175.0 1,909.3 1,746.5 162.8 1,877.8 1,719.5 158.3 1,868.2 1,728.7 139.6 1,891.6 1,772.1 119.5 1,883.6 1,783.1 100.5
Oct   1,915.9 1,739.9 176.0 1,908.7 1,747.9 160.8 1,874.5 1,718.1 156.4 1,868.4 1,730.8 137.7 1,894.4 1,775.5 118.9 1,883.8 1,783.0 100.8
Nov   1,917.2 1,740.5 176.8 1,907.7 1,748.7 159.0 1,871.1 1,716.9 154.2 1,869.4 1,733.5 135.9 1,897.1 1,778.8 118.2 1,884.3 1,783.0 101.4
Dec   1,918.1 1,741.0 177.2 1,906.2 1,748.6 157.6 1,867.9 1,715.7 152.2 1,871.2 1,736.9 134.3 1,899.1 1,781.7 117.4 1,885.2 1,783.1 102.1
 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate Top
The June 2016 unemployment rate for Connecticut was estimated at 5.8% (seasonally adjusted), up one-tenth of a percentage point from June 2016 (5.7%). The state’s jobless rate is now three-tenths of percentage point higher than a year ago (5.5%). The US unemployment rate was calculated at 4.9% for June 2016, up two-tenths of a percentage point from May 2016, but still down four-tenths of a percentage point from the June 2015 rate (5.3%).
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Jan  7.0 7.8 0.8 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.1 -0.1 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.1 8.0 -0.1 7.1 6.6 -0.5 6.1 5.7 -0.4 5.5 4.9 -0.6
Feb  7.2 8.3 1.1 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.0 7.7 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3 6.0 5.5 -0.5 5.5 4.9 -0.6
Mar  7.5 8.7 1.2 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.9 6.7 -0.2 5.9 5.5 -0.4 5.7 5.0 -0.7
Apr  7.7 9.0 1.3 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.1 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.6 -0.3 6.8 6.2 -0.6 5.8 5.4 -0.4 5.7 5.0 -0.7
May  7.9 9.4 1.5 9.1 9.6 0.5 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.6 6.2 -0.4 5.6 5.5 -0.1 5.7 4.7 -1.0
Jun  8.1 9.5 1.4 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.9 9.1 0.2 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.5 -0.2 6.5 6.1 -0.4 5.5 5.3 -0.2 5.8 4.9 -0.9
Jul  8.2 9.5 1.3 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.7 9.0 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.3 -0.4 6.4 6.2 -0.2 5.4 5.3 -0.1
Aug  8.4 9.6 1.2 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.6 9.0 0.4 8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.6 7.3 -0.3 6.4 6.2 -0.2 5.3 5.1 -0.2
Sep  8.5 9.8 1.3 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.5 9.0 0.5 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.5 7.3 -0.2 6.3 6.0 -0.3 5.3 5.1 -0.2
Oct  8.6 10.0 1.4 9.2 9.4 0.2 8.4 8.8 0.4 8.3 7.8 -0.5 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.7 -0.6 5.4 5.0 -0.4
Nov  8.8 9.9 1.1 9.2 9.8 0.6 8.3 8.6 0.3 8.2 7.7 -0.5 7.3 6.9 -0.4 6.2 5.8 -0.4 5.4 5.0 -0.4
Dec  8.9 9.9 1.0 9.2 9.3 0.1 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.1 7.9 -0.2 7.2 6.7 -0.5 6.2 5.6 -0.6 5.4 5.0 -0.4

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate, based on a household survey, is a measure of the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Additionally, changes in methodology that culminated in March 2011 with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics assuming complete responsibility for estimating all states’ monthly nonfarm job counts, have contributed to the month-to-month variability in the numbers. Jobs estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month’s estimate.

Next Connecticut Labor Situation release: Thursday, August 18, 2016 (July 2016 data)
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